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Two dead in Guinea in clashes

AFP  |  Conakry 

At least two men died today in clashes between demonstrators and riot police in Guinea, following protests over local election results and the resumption of a teachers' strike, a said.

"There have been two deaths today in circumstances yet to be established,"

"The two were killed by police during clashes with youths in district," an opposition fiefdom in the capital Conakry, a security source said.

Demonstrators gathered less than a week after at least 50 people were arrested over an arson attack that killed five children, in post-election violence in central

The opposition has claimed "massive fraud" by the authorities in the February 4 local election, leading to unrest in the West African country which has now claimed at least nine deaths, including four minors.

With around half of the results from 342 communes now declared, the independent electoral commission Ceni put the party of neck and neck with that of and former Cellou Dalein Diallo.

The vote was the first of its kind since a military dictatorship ended a decade ago and followed eight years of delays blamed on a lack of funds, political infighting and the 2013-16 Ebola crisis.

Opposition leaders denounced the poll, alleging vote rigging with proxy ballots at several polling stations in favour of

Mohamed Ibn Chambas, for the in the area, said in a statement Monday after a five-day visit to it was "fundamental for the Ceni to be able to carry out its work calmly and serenely."

He urged rival factions to put aside their "discourse of hatred, acts of violence and violations of freedoms and fundamental rights."

The also urged an end to the violence on Sunday.

The resumption of a strike by teachers meanwhile drew widespread support in and several provincial cities, according to teachers and witnesses interviewed by AFP, though the government said the dispute was mainly confined to and secondary schools.

Teachers had in December agreed to suspend for two months a month-old stoppage over salaries which drew widespread support from students following an offer by religious leaders to mediate talks with the government.

Several trade unions had also threatened a nationwide "general strike" if the striking teachers were punished.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 04:35 IST